The backwash from the Prism spying scandal ripples on, as Deutsche Telekom has decided to give U.S. servers the heave-ho when it comes to its email service, relying instead solely on German servers. Under the terms of the "E-mail made in Germany" initiative, all emails between data centers at GMX, T-Online and WEB.DE are being sent in encrypted form. (See Prism in a Big Data World and Euronews: Prism Prompts EU Data Rethink.)
Challenging market conditions in central and eastern Europe were partly to blame for a 1.2 percent year-on-year fall in Telekom Austria's half-year revenues to €2.09 billion ($2.77 billion), and an 8.1 percent decline in its EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) to €667.2 million ($887 million). Higher subsidies for top-of-the-range smartphones were also a factor in the reduced earnings, according to a company statement.
Still on a Telekom Austria tilt, Rudolf Fischer, a former deputy chief executive at the company, has been handed down a three-year jail sentence for his part in financial shenanigans in 2004, reports Reuters. Fischer effectively stole €600,000 ($797,570) from his employer and re-directed it to the right-wing Freedom Party.
ZTE is to offer its ZTE Open Firefox smartphone for sale in the U.K. on eBay, with a £59.99 ($79.99) price tag. The phone, which recently made its debut in Spain via Telefónica SA, will be unlocked for use on any mobile network. The Chinese vendor is also using eBay as a direct sales channel for its Firefox device in the U.S. (See OS Updates: From a Firefox to a Safari Shakedown.)
BT has landed another FTTX contract under the U.K. government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program. This one's in Derbyshire, a county in the East Midlands region of England, and is worth £27.6 million ($42.8 million), of which BT has to chip in £12.8 million ($19.9 million). (See Euronews: UK's Broadband Plan Gets EU Nod.)